Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández is a prolific, multiple-award-winning author. His books focus on diverse topics of the history of Cuba, the Caribbean, and U.S. and global affairs.
When the World Turned Upside Down is a collection of 66 essays and opinion columns written between February 2019 and November 2022. Together, they stand at the intersection of historical writing, opinion journalism, and chronicling. Readers will recognize each of these modes of thinking and writing, which combined produce a synergy for a better understanding of historical and contemporary realities.
"Martínez-Fernández demonstrates that he is not ‘merely’ an acclaimed historian, but an engaging, sharp-witted social commentator. The book is dazzling for his easy, readable blend of history, sociology, popular culture, politics and more."
WINNER OF FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS 2018 BRONZE MEDAL FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
WINNER 2019 INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOKS AWARD IN THE HISTORY CATEGORY
A holistic portrait of the island nation, interrelating its geography, society, politics, and culture. It weaves these threads into a narrative that begins with the first arrivals of indigenous inhabitants.
"A splendid work of historical craftsmanship."
Louis A. Pérez Jr.
HONORABLE MENTION 2015 LATINO INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (HISTORY)
A comprehensive, interpretative synthesis of the Cuban Revolution, from Batista's 1952 coup to the present.
"A remarkable achievement. The most comprehensive, synthetic, and systematic appraisal of the Cuban Revolution to date." Jorge Duany
This volume brings together a stimulating collection of primary sources, newspaper articles, and scholarly essays that serve as windows to key chapters in the sweep of Puerto Rican history from the the pre-Columbian era to the convulsed present.
This updated and expanded 2020 edition includes a new chapter "Puerto Rico in Crisis" with over fifty pages of new materials selected and introduced by Luis Martínez-Fernández who also authored a new preface.
"An essential source book for a better understanding of the Puerto Ricans."
The New York Times
Composed of seven pioneering articles and essays, this book provides key pieces to solving the puzzle of the Hispanic Caribbean's fascinating and convulsed history.
"This is a useful addition to comparative studies of the Caribbean and should provide food for thought for any student of the Caribbean."
Bulletin of Latin American Research
A comparative study of the emergence of Protestantism in the nineteenth-century Hispanic Caribbean.
"[This] is a substantial study and is bound to become the standard source in the field."
A study of culture and society in mid-nineteenth century Havana, including slavery and the slave trade, gender relations, and daily life.
"Luis Martínez-Fernández has the rare virtue of reconciling both the analytical incisiveness of a mature historian and the sweeping breath of an impassioned storyteller."
This in-depth comparative study focuses on the economy, society, and political cultures of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic in the middle decades of the nineteenth century.
"There exist few works as useful or as comprehensive as this study."
Louis A. Pérez Jr.
WINNER OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST REFERENCE
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S BEST OF REFERENCE
BOOKLIST EDITORS" CHOICE
"The two-volume encyclopedia is an exhaustive source of information on Cuba with more than 700 entries from more than 80 internationally recognized experts." FOCUS
WINNER OF THE LYDIA CABRERA AWARD
Cubans celebrate Humboldt as the second “discoverer” of the island (after Columbus). The Spanish version of his book on Cuba was banned on the island, and J.S. Thrasher's 1854 English translation created an international controversy because of Thrasher’s open call for US annexation of Cuba and his purposeful deletion of a chapter in which Humboldt criticized slavery.
Luis Martínez-Fernández provides an introduction that contextualizes the publication history of Humboldt’s book.